“Reign artificial IV”: the rustle of the jellyfish

«Règne artificiel IV»: le froissement des méduses

“Reign artificial IV” Rosalie D. Gagné

January 19, 2020 4: 00

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“Reign artificial IV”: the rustle of the jellyfish

«Règne artificiel IV»: le froissement des méduses

Josianne Desloges

The Sun

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A new installation occupies the sky in the Studio, this versatile space recently refurbished, the Grand Théâtre de Québec. “Reign artificial IV” Rosalie D. Gagné includes 45 bodies of plastic, similar to jellyfish, which react to the passage of the visitors on the upper floors.

We look at it from the ground floor or the 4th floor, this constellation is underwater dizzying, mystifiante and vaguely disquieting. The creatures are bluish, transparent, pulse, stir, passing on their stress to their neighbors. Each of them is connected by a hose to a large system mounted on the ceiling.

Rosalie D. Gagné compares the mechanics of his work to that of a living system. “It is as if the sensors were the organs of perception, who are aware of what is happening in the environment. And then these information is sent to the controller, the circuit master, which is like the brain. It makes decisions and sends impulses to the electrical engines that activate the bodies.”

Sensors detect the presence of heat and movement. “The idea is to give the feeling to the viewer that it will disrupt the activity of these creatures by his presence,” says the artist. It reproduces the behaviour of living beings (a shoal of fish, for example) with digital means. Of nature, it also follows the forms, “beauty and accuracy”mathematical.

«Règne artificiel IV»: le froissement des méduses

“Reign artificial IV” Rosalie D. Gagné

THE SUN, PATRICE LAROCHE

An evolution

The machines live Rosalie D. Gagné have evolved since Reign artificial I. The first creatures were single-celled organisms. Three mutations later, they have grown, have multiplied and have refined their behavior.

When the silence is done and that tends the ear, we perceive the rustling of the body of plastic which folds and creases gently. The material was chosen for its properties are flexible, but create sea creatures artificial with a substance that pollutes the environment and chokes the world’s oceans has a broader scope, thought-provoking.

To see the performance nights until 3 may. There will be a meeting between the public, the artist and the curator Ariane Plant Friday, February 7, at 17h.

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